Steve Smith named new Australia Test captain in Clarke’s absence

Sydney: In the wake of Australian skipper Michael Clarke’s injury, Steve Smith has been appointed as the new Australia Test captain for the remaining Test series against India.

Cricket Australia released a statement, saying that Steven Smith had been appointed vice-captain of the Australian Test team effective immediately and would captain the Australian side in the absence of Michael Clarke, reported.

The statement further read that current vice-captain Brad Haddin, who led the Australian side on the final day of the Adelaide Test, would serve as Smith’s deputy in Brisbane.

Addressing the media, Smith said that it would be an amazing thrill to take up the role as he previously had leadership experience in captaining older guys, adding that Brad Haddin would be right behind him.

Congratulating Smith for the honour, National Selector Rod Marsh said that he would become Australia’s 45th Test captain and at the age of 25 would become one of their youngest leaders, adding that he was highly regarded not only for his fine performance but also for his maturity and clear leadership potential.

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